Goodness, how I love a good stem stitch. It looks fancy and yet it is really quite simple when you get the hang of it. I also really love it because I feel like it is a forgiving stitch, making it great for beginners.
This stitch is so good. It can be used to create stems (hence the name), outlines, lettering, and so many other things. It can be used to create a straight line, used freeform, and to follow curvy lines. So let's get to it.
For the purposes of this tutorial, I have drawn this curvy line so that you can see the end game of what this will look like.
1. Bring your needle up through the fabric at the beginning point of the line (point A). Insert your needle down at Point B. You then want to come back up at a mid-point (point C) between Point A and Point B.
2. Pull the thread through. Essentially you will continue by repeating these same steps over and over again. With thread pulled through at Point C, take your needle to and put it down at Point D and pull it up at Point B.
3. Repeat until you reach the end of the line.
To read through all the other stitches in my library, click HERE.